Dwight Gooden <i>(drafted fifth by Mets in '82)</i>
Al Goldis, 66, started scouting amateur players for the Orioles in 1978, and in his career he worked with the Angels, White Sox, Brewers, Cubs, Reds and Mets. He was the director of scouting and player development for the White Sox from 1986 through '90 and was the architect of the team's '90 draft, which is regarded as one of the best ever. In February 2009, he was voted into the Pro Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Here are the five best pitchers Goldis ever scouted.<br><br>Gooden had a really loose arm and incredible athletic ability--just tremendous upside. He could throw hard, but he had a hell of a curveball too.
2 of 5Chuck Solomon/SI
Cole Hamels <i>(drafted 17th by Phillies in '02)</i>
Of all the high school pitchers I've seen, Hamels had the most poise. He knew how to pitch. He had a great changeup. He had everything.
3 of 5Greg Foster/SI, AP
Brien Taylor <i>(drafted first by Yankees in '91)</i>
The best arm I've seen on a high school pitcher. Taylor probably had a more live arm than Gooden's.
4 of 5Al Tielemans/SI
Mark Prior <i>(drafted second by Cubs in '01)</i>
Prior was so polished in every way. He had all plus sutff--delivery, velocity, location, breaking pitches.
5 of 5John Iacono/SI
Mike Mussina <i>(drafted 20th by Orioles in '90)</i>
Mussina threw a knuckle-curve that was unhittable. He had intelligence, confidence. If something bad happened, he had the brains to adjust.
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